Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 2020

Turning Crisis into Opportunity? Europe in a (Post-) Pandemic World Order

24 November 2020, Berlin

On 24 November 2020, Körber-Stiftung in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office hosted the tenth Berlin Foreign Policy Forum. Despite extraordinary circumstances, the Berlin Forum took place as a hybrid event with exclusive online participation. Shortly after the US presidential election and during the German EU Council Presidency, the Berlin Forum  was held under the central topic "Turning Crisis into Opportunity? Europe in a (Post-) Pandemic World Order". The discussions covered a wide range of topics, from European challenges brought about by the pandemic to Europe’s position in an increasing US-China rivalry. Which global role will the US play in the future? How can digitalization contribute to an open, liberal society? Our newly developed conference platform connected participants from all over the globe working in politics, government, think tanks, civil society and the media to follow the event and participate in the discussion.

This year’s Berlin Forum  was opened with a discussion between German Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas and the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva as well as the Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar on new challenges for European solidarity and effective European coordination during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Berlin Forum again hosted the format “Conflict Zone” in cooperation with DW, which was moderated by the American journalist Sarah Kelly. She interviewed Ryszard Antoni Legutko, Member of the European Parliament and Co-Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

The morning programme concluded with a spotlight interview conducted by Mathieu von Rohr, Head of Foreign Desk at SPIEGEL, who talked to German Federal Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer about Germany’s role in European and transatlantic security and defense.

In the afternoon Keyu Jin, Associate Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, former Dean of the Harvard's Kennedy School of Government Joseph S. Nye Jr, Stormy-Annika Mildner, Head of Department External Economic Policy at the Federation of German Industries, and Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow at Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore discussed the economic orientation of Europe in the area of conflict between the USA and China.

Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, talked to Samantha Power, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and Professor of the Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School about the implications of the US election results for US domestic and foreign policy, including the future of the transatlantic relationship. This conversation took place in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Furthermore, Körber-Stiftung presented its foreign policy publication The Berlin Pulse. In the fourth edition of The Berlin Pulse, we present the results of the 2020 survey alongside interviews and essays by international experts and policy-makers, outlining their hopes for and expectations of German foreign policy. In cooperation with the Pew Research Center and the British Embassy Berlin, this year’s edition also gives insights on attitudes to foreign policy in the United States and the United Kingdom. The authors include Peter Altmaier, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Rose Gottemoeller, and H.R. McMaster, among others. You can find all results and contributions here: www.theberlinpulse.org

The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón  spoke live from Madrid with Nora Müller, Director of International Affairs at Körber-Stiftung, about what it will take to keep the European project alive in light of the profound crisis that it has been experiencing in the past months and about what needs to be done to strengthen the EU’s role in the world.

Finally, in cooperation with the Aspen Institute Germany, Eric Schmidt, former Executive Chairman and CEO of Google and Co-Founder of Schmidt Futures, had a virtual talk with Rüdiger Lentz, Director of the Aspen Institute Germany, as well as Elisabeth von Hammerstein, Programme Director International Affairs at Körber-Stiftung, about the new political and global changes brought about by accelerating digitisation.

Since its founding in 2011, the Berlin Forum has become the most important international annual conference on German and European foreign policy in Berlin. Every year, the Berlin Forum reaches a broad European and international audience, with more than 70,000 live views in 2020.

Selected Speakers

Heiko Maas, MdB

Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany

Samantha Power

Samantha Power, Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Dr. Karen Donfried

President, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón

President of the Government, Kingdom of Spain

Dr. Eric Schmidt

Former Executive Chairman and CEO, Google; Co-Founder, Schmidt Futures

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, MdB

Federal Minister of Defence, Federal Republic of Germany

Selected Media Coverage

Please find here selected national and international media coverage of the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 2020.

Media Coverage (PDF)

Cooperation partners

Media partners

Gallery

Photos: David Ausserhofer

  • Studio of the first hybrid version of the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum    
  • Studio of the first hybrid version of the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum    
  • Thomas Paulsen and Heiko Maas    
  • Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs    
  • Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Portuguese Republic    
  • Anže Logar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia    
  • Anna Sauerbrey, Heiko Maas, Augusto Santos Silva, Anže Logar    
  • Turning Crisis into Opportunity: Europe in a (Post-) Pandemic World Order    
  • Sarah Kelly, Presenter Conflict Zone, DW    
  • Conflict Zone with Sarah Kelly and Ryszard Antoni Legutko, MEP, Co-Chair, European Conservatives and Reformists Group    
  • Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Federal Minister of Defence    
  • Spotlight Interview with Mathieu von Rohr, Head of Foreign Desk, DER SPIEGEL and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Federal Minister of Defence    
  • Moderator Liana Fix, Programme Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung    
  • The US-Europe-China Triangle: A Great Decoupling? Liana Fix, Keyu Jin, Kishore Mahbubani, Stormy-Annika Mildner and Joseph S. Nye Jr.    
  • Liana Fix, Keyu Jin, Kishore Mahbubani, Stormy-Annika Mildner and Joseph S. Nye Jr.    
  • A Conversation on the US Role in the World with Samantha Power and Karen Donfried    
  • Interactive Presentation of The Berlin Pulse 2020/21 survey results of German Public Opinion on Foreign Policy    
  • Körber Global Leaders Dialogue with Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón and Nora Müller    
  • Thomas Paulsen, Member of the Executive Board of Körber-Stiftung    
  • Team of the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum 2020    
  • all Videos from the Forum

    Agenda

    Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    09:00 – 10:30
    Turning Crisis into Opportunity? Europe in a (Post-) Pandemic World Order
    Welcome: Thomas Paulsen, Member of the Executive Board, Körber-Stiftung
    Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany
    Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of State and of Foreign Affairs, Portuguese Republic
    Anže Logar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Slovenia
    Moderator: Anna Sauerbrey, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Der Tagesspiegel

    11:00 – 11:30
    Conflict Zone
    In Cooperation with DW
    Ryszard Antoni Legutko, MEP, Co-Chair, European Conservatives and Reformists Group (confirmed)
    Moderator: Sarah Kelly, Presenter Conflict Zone, DW

    11:45 – 12:15
    Spotlight Interview: Germany and Europe at a Crossroads
    In Cooperation with DER SPIEGEL
    Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Federal Minister of Defence, Federal Republic of Germany
    Moderator: Mathieu von Rohr, Head of Foreign Desk

    14:30 – 15:30
    The US-Europe-China Triangle: A Great Decoupling?
    Keyu Jin, Associate Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science [live from London]
    Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow at Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore, Republic of Singapore [live from Singapore]
    Stormy-Annika Mildner, Head of Department External Economic Policy, Federation of German Industries (BDI)
    Joseph S. Nye Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus, fmr. Dean of the Harvard's Kennedy School of Government [live from Cambridge MA]
    Moderator: Liana Fix, Programme Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung

    16:00 – 16:30
    A Conversation on the US Role in the World with…
    In Cooperation with German Marshall Fund of the United States [live from Washington DC]
    Samantha Power, fmr. United States Ambassador to the United Nations; Professor of the Practice, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School
    Moderator: Karen Donfried, President, German Marshall Fund of the United States

    16:45 – 17:00
    The Berlin Pulse 2020/21: German Foreign Policy and Public Opinion
    Interactive Presentation of The Berlin Pulse 2020/21 survey results

    17:00 – 17:30
    Körber Global Leaders Dialogue
    Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, President of the Government, Kingdom of Spain [live from Madrid]
    Moderator: Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung

    18:00 – 19:00
    Special Session: A New Global Digital Order?
    In Cooperation with Aspen Institute Germany
    Eric Schmidt, Chair, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence,fmr. Executive Chairman and CEO, Google; Co-Founder, Schmidt Futures [live from Washington DC]
    Moderator: Rüdiger Lentz, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Germany; Elisabeth von Hammerstein, Programme Director International Affairs, Körber-Stiftung